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Lawmakers host public forum on "Common Core"

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WASHINGTON, N.C. - Anger and frustration, those were the feelings at a town hall on the controversial Common Core curriculum.

A town hall took place on the subject Monday night at the Beaufort County Community College.

State Senator Bill Cook wanted to host the town hall to hear from his constituents, and he heard from a lot of people.
      
Every parent, grandparent and teacher that spoke during the open forum session was against Common Core.

"The federal government has no right in our education," one woman said.

The Common Core is a set of education standards designed to promote critical thinking and analysis instead of memorization and fill-in-the-blanks.

The goal is to prepare children as young as kindergarten for college.

However, implementation of the Common Core has been controversial.

Some claimed the standards were implemented too quickly.

Others argued the Common Core standards were either too easy or too hard.
     
Sen. Cook said it's these issues about the Common Core that makes it important to debate.

"There's a lot of information; some of it misinformation. Some of it very good information and I think it's important especially here in the east for folks to get to air this issue," he said.
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